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Professor Peter Beilharz

Professor Peter Beilharz Professor Peter Beilharz

BA, Dip. Ed. (Rusden), PhD (Monash)

Position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 209
Email Peter.Beilharz@curtin.edu.au
Website www.thesiseleven.com

Brief Summary

I come from a tradition that reaches back to Marx and the dialectics of culture and technology.This lineage travels through critical theory and what I would now call southwestern marxism , whose signal thinker is Gramsci. Subsequently I was influenced by the Budapest School and Castoriadis. As part of this path I founded Thesis Eleven, the journal of international social theory, in 1980, and continue to edit it today, with a team of talented and good humoured colleagues based in Melbourne. I joined Curtin in 2015, an exciting new prospect for me. Hitherto I have worked in cultural and historical sociology at La Trobe. My great enthusiasm at Curtin is for the prospect of working with others around the clusters on writing and cities. I am best known for my work on maverick critical thinkers such as Bernard Smith and Zygmunt Bauman, and on the history of socialism, modernity and the history of ideas more generally. I have published 27 books and 200 papers, as well as much journalism and reviewing. My most recent books, 2015, are Thinking the Antipodes, and The Martin Presence, the latter with Trevor Hogan and Sheila Shaver. At Curtin I take as my remit the sphere of Culture and Society, a nod to Raymond Williams, and a wink to the frames of culture, technology, words, texts, and contexts. I will be working on books of essays on Marx and Gramsci, and on a monograph called The Rationalization of the World. I am available for supervision and offer intensive master classes.

Overview

After completing teacher training I worked with Alastair Davidson at Monash, completing a PhD on Trotskyism in 1983. I fell into the company of sociologists, many of whom were historians at the Phillip Institute in 1983. In 1987 I took up a postdoctoral fellowhip at The University of Melbourne with Stuart Macintyre. In 1988 I took up the postion vacated by Agnes Heller at La Trobe, rising from lecturer to personal chair in 1999. In 1999-2000 I acted as Chair of Austraian Studies at Harvard, returning to Harvard in 2002  to act as William Dean Howells Fellow in American Literature 1880-1920. I am currently affiliated with the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study; the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology; with the Bauman Institute at Leeds, and am Professor Emeritus at La Trobe. Over these years I actively encouraged cultural traffic across the Atlantic and across the south, with especial reference to New Zealand, South Africa, Delhi and Manila, in my work as Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre 2002-2014 and as editor, or curator of the journal Thesis Eleven. I am engaged in collaborative work with Sian Supski, on the Melbourne subculture called the sharpies, and on the city writing of Ivan Vladislavic. I am working with Jon Stratton and other Curtin colleagues on a WA issue of Thesis Eleven.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

The Australian Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

International Sociological Association

Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences Australia

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Research Fields

Language, Communication and Culture

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Research Interests

Cultural theory, cultural sociology, ideas and technologies, modernities and modernisms

Social theory, texts, thinkers and problems

Historical sociology, including comparative, antipodean, Australia, New Zealand, WA, South Africa

Cities

Creative non-fiction

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2009

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2008

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2002

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Additional publication categories

2016

Book Chapters - Other

  • Beilharz, P. 2016. “Bernard, Wordsmith.” In The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian art, history and cultural politics, 129-139. Sydney: .

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P., and S. Supski. 2016.“Introduction to Special Section on Ivan Vladislavic: Ivan Vladislavic - Writing sideways.”Thesis Eleven 136 (1): 3-4.
  • Beilharz, P., and S. Supski. 2016.“Ivan Vladislavic - A tale in two cities.”Thesis Eleven 136 (1): 20-30.
  • Stratton, J., and P. Beilharz. 2016.“Way Out West: Mapping Western Australia.”Thesis Eleven 135 (1): 3-13.

2015

Books (Research) - Other

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2013

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2012

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2010

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2008

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2007

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P., and L. Cox. 2007.“Settler Capitalism Revisited.”Thesis Eleven 88 (1): 112-124.

2006

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P. 2006.“Book Review: Calhoun's Social Science.”Thesis Eleven 84 (1): 133-140.

2005

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Rundell, J., and P. Beilharz. 2005.“Introduction.”Thesis Eleven 83 (1): 3-4.
  • Beilharz, P. 2005.“Introduction.”Thesis Eleven 82 (1): 3-4.

2004

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P. 2004.“Introduction.”Thesis Eleven 79 (1): 3-4.
  • Cox, L., G. Ottmann, M. Jacobsen, S. Lowish, and P. Beilharz. 2004.“Reviews.”Thesis Eleven 77 (1): 121-140.

2002

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P. 2002.“Introduction.”Thesis Eleven 70 (1): iii-iv.
  • Campain, R., and P. Beilharz. 2002.“Reviews.”Thesis Eleven 70 (1): 127-142.
  • Roberts, D., D. Freeman, D. Morakhovski, A. Dawson, H. Cheney, D. Roberts, J. Smith, C. el-Ojeili, and P. Beilharz. 2002.“Reviews.”Thesis Eleven 69 (1): 99-126.

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P. 2001.“Reviews: High Techne: Art and Technology from the Machine Aesthetic to the Posthuman.”Thesis Eleven 64 (1): 97-99.
  • Beilharz, P. 2001.“Reviews: Marx's Concept of Money - The God of Commodities.”Thesis Eleven 67 (1): 122-127.
  • Beilharz, P. 2001.“Reviews: The Cambridge Companion to Weber.”Thesis Eleven 66 (1): 131-133.

2000

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Beilharz, P. 2000.“Reviews.”Thesis Eleven 60 (1): 99-102.
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